Using Our New Site

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As we continue to add more new content to our website, we want to make it easy for our visitors to use.

One of the most important things we want to point out is that you can subscribe to the blog here on the site. This means if you go to the Blog tab and look on the right side, you will find a place to enter your email. If you do that, you will be automatically updated every time there is a new blog posted! This is important because our front page is static or doesn’t change. The reason we did this was to have one front page which is the same to welcome all visitors, including those who are new to our site and our church.

We have a whole list of new content we are working to add over the next few months, including information on our new Staff tab and our new World Outreach tab. We work to bring you Pastor Bowman’s weekly sermon (after we have had a few technical difficulties!) in a timely fashion.

One of the biggest things we would love to have from our congregation are testimonials about your experience with our church. You can either be noted on the testimonial, have an alias if you don’t want to use your real name for privacy purposes, or be listed as anonymous. You can submit your testimonials to us through our Contact tab.

Through the Contact tab, you can also submit questions, feedback, suggestions, and anything else you would like for the website! All content is screened by Pastor Richard and Marie Payne-Bowman.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Marie’s daily verse: You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things (Romans 2:1). 

DAILY DEVOTION, January 15, 2022

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

Who are the people who know that God is working for good in all things?  First, those who remain faithful no matter what are those who love God.  They love and trust God the Father. They know that Jesus is the Son of God, and they love the Son. Those who love the true and living God understand that He is working for our good no matter what happens. Even when tragedy and evil strike, we believe God can turn these negatives for our good. God is good, and He works for good always and without fail in the lives of those who love Him.

Paul adds this thought. Those who believe that God is working for their good are those who are called according to God’s purpose. What does that mean? How does God call? He calls us through Jesus Christ.  His purpose is to redeem all those who believe in His Son. We are called by grace, from darkness to light, from bondage to liberty, from the company of sinful men to fellowship with Christ, from a trust in our own righteousness to dependence on His, to grace here and glory hereafter. This is what it means to be called according to His purpose.

Sometimes it is hard to believe, but God promises to always be at work to promote our well-being if we love Him and His Son. Believe it.

Father, there are so many negatives that come in life. Help me to believe that behind the scenes, in ways I do not always understand, You are always at work promoting my well-being. I thank You in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Marie’s daily verse: Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand (Colossians 3:1 NLT).

DAILY DEVOTION, January 14, 2022

We have been reflecting on God’s grace.  Paul cautions us  in 2 Corinthians 6:1, “not to receive the grace of God in vain.” You receive the grace of God by trusting in Jesus Christ, receiving Him as your Lord and Savior. If you fail to live under the shadow of divine grace, you have received it in vain. Thus, if you wallow in guilt over your sins, refusing to believe in God’s gracious forgiveness, you frustrate His grace. If you live life under a dark cloud of fear, you are not benefitting from God’s grace. If you go through your toils and tribulations and allow them to drag you down into depression or a negative mindset, you have set aside God’s grace. And if you have the mistaken notion that you can do something to earn eternal life, you received the grace of God in vain.

God’s grace is truly amazing.  It does wonderful things in our lives. It guarantees us an eternal future. Remind yourself daily, “I believe in a gracious God. I will live each day trusting in His grace.  Whenever troubles or fears arise, I will not give in to negative human emotions. I will trust in my gracious God.” If you practice living under grace, you will agree with John Newton who wrote the hymn, “Amazing Grace.”  Grace is truly amazing.

Father, I do pray that I will not allow negative experiences to quench Your grace. I do not want to be among those who receive the grace of God in vain. I believe You are a gracious God and I can always count on You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Marie’s daily verse: to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.” (Luke 1:79).

DAILY DEVOTION, January 13, 2022

Eph. 2:4-7.  “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),  and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

God’s grace redeems us, forgiving us of all our sins. God’s grace relieves our fears.  God’s grace reassures us when we face danger. Now we learn that God’s grace rewards us eternally.  What a glorious future awaits those who are the recipients of God’s grace. There is much that is good in this life. However, all of life’s treasures and possessions are temporal. They wear out, and they break, they rust, they decay. And even if they are still viable when life comes to an end, you must leave them all behind.

God’s amazing grace brings us blessings that will last forever. God’s grace is good to live by and good to die by. When we have entered into eternity, God plans to show us the exceeding riches of His grace in the ages to come. He intends to shower us with His kindness for all eternity. The troubles we endure in this life will fade away in the brightness of eternity.

Gracious God, What can I say but “Thank You” for Your amazing grace, which blesses me in this life and will bless me even more in eternity. Praise be unto You for Your great love. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Marie’s daily verse:  May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. Amen (Revelation  22:21).

DAILY DEVOTION, January 12, 2022

Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7).

When you poke a stick into a fire, the sparks fly upward. Once you are born into this life, trouble will come. You can man-up and try to face it alone, or you can God-up and cast your cares upon Him. We saw yesterday that God has promised to be with us in our times of trouble. I encourage you to take Him up on that offer.

Paul and Silas were beaten and imprisoned in Acts 16. They were held in place by stocks on their feet. At midnight, what do we see? Are they in despair? Are they crying out, “Why me?” Are they angry with God because He did not deliver them from this trial? Are they feeling sorry for themselves?  Is there a pity party going on? What we read is that they were praying and singing hymns to God ((Acts 16:25). I guess it was kind of a concert because we read that the other prisoners were listening to them. Is that not strange behavior for two men beaten and imprisoned? They are singing to God! Why? Because they knew that whatever happened to them in this life, He was with them. Even if they were killed, they knew heaven was their home. And so in the midst of their trouble, they prayed and sang.  You might want to follow their example when trouble comes into your life.

Holy Father, It does seem that life on this earth is full of trouble. Help me to realize that no matter what happens to me in this life, You are with me. Help me to follow the example of Paul and Silas. In the name of Jesus’ name,  I pray, Amen.